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The Settings panel enables you to configure various options:

By default for the compute action, the CAST Transaction Configuration Center will assume various default settings:

OptionDescription
Activate automatic configuration refresh

AIP Console implements an automatic "configuration loading mechanism" based on the standard .TCCSetup files present in the CAST AIP installation folder and any installed extension folders. TCCSetup files (standard configuration files) contain configuration parameters to automatically define Entry Points, Data Entities, End points and Excluded Items and are known as Packages.

Before computing Function Points (either manually using the compute action or during snapshot generation), the setup of the Application(s) will be refreshed with the content of the .TCCSetup configuration files which are present in the following locations on disk:

  • <CAST AIP installation folder>\configuration\TCC
  • %PROGRAMDATA%\CAST\CAST\Extensions\<extension folder>\configuration\TCC

For the loading process, the AIP Console will consider all files that match the following requirements:

  • Must have *.TCCSetup extension
  • Must be located in <CAST AIP installation folder>\configuration\TCC
  • If there are extensions installed, we will also consider the files present under %PROGRAMDATA%\CAST\CAST\Extensions\<extension folder>\configuration\TCC

By default, this setting will be enabled, meaning that any new configuration package or any new version of an existing configuration package will be automatically installed into the application configuration.

However, if we decide to "freeze" the application configuration and disable the automatic configuration refresh, we can set the option to disabled. If the automatic refresh is disabled, only new packages will be installed, but the existing packages will remain in the current version, i.e. even if a new version is available, the package will not be updated.

Data functions are initialized as

Allows you to choose between the EIF (External Interface Files - this is the default) and ILF (Internal Logical File) computation type:

  • If the Data Function is linked by Update/Delete/Insert/Write links, its type will be changed to ILF automatically
  • If the Data Function is only linked by Select/Read links (i.e. it has no Update/Delete/Insert/Write links nor any UNTYPED Use links (when the type of the link has not been completely determined by the analyzer)), its type will be changed to EIF automatically.
Activate look-up table filteringAs defined by OMG CISQ AFP Specifications, the elements identified as "lookup tables" will be filtered out and NOT considered as Data Entities. This is the default behavior, but it can be changed if you prefer to deactivate this filter by disabling the option. See also Working with Data entities - built-in types.
Activate automatic Data Function merge (FK/PK)

AIP Console may automatically merge a certain table as "Detail" of another one based on Foreign key (FK) and Primary Key (PK) relationships. This is the default behavior, following the OMG CISQ AFP specifications. However, this feature can be deactivated by disabling the option.

Warning: If this setting is deactivated and then later reactivated, the automatic merge based on Foreign Key (FK) and Primary Key (PK) analysis will only take place if both elements (main and detail) are NOT calibrated. If any of the involved elements is in a calibrated situation (ignored, deleted, manual merge, etc.) the FK-PK automatic merge will not occur.


Save objects of empty Transactions

Allows you to change whether objects that are part of empty transactions (those that do not reach any Data Entity or End point) should be saved. The default position is ALWAYS:

  • ALWAYS : objects of empty Transactions will always be saved
  • NEVER : objects of empty Transactions will never be saved
  • ONLY AEP : objects of empty Transactions will be saved if the Enhancement Measure used in the application is AEP, but will not be saved if the Enhancement measure of the application is EFP
  • This option only functions when CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.21 is used on your AIP Nodes.
  • To prevent variations in computation duration and volume of saved data for an application whose AIP version has just been upgraded to the 8.3.21 - version where objects of empty Transactions can be saved - the upgrade process will set the value of the "Save objects of empty Transactions" setting to "ONLY AEP".
  • If objects of empty Transactions are saved and there are any, their (full) call graph can be viewed in the same way as for those of non-empty Transactional Functions (see Application - Transactions - Call Graph).

FP value for empty Transactional Functions

Allows you to define a pre-defined Function Point value to be used for Transactional Functions:

Function Points can be only calculated for transactional functions that reach at least one data entity or one end point. If this is not the case, the transactional function will have a value of 0 for both DET and FTR, and therefore a value of 0 for Function Points (i.e. it will be an "empty transaction"). In order to avoid this situation, you can configure a pre-defined Function Point value to be used for empty transactions.

The possible values are: 0, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7 and ASSESS. The selected value will be applied to the transactional functions that have a 0 Function Point value after the computation process.

Note that:

  • if 0 is selected, it will actually deactivate this feature, i.e. those Transactional Functions that have a 0 Function Point value after the computation process will remain with a 0 Function Point value.
  • this option only functions when CAST AIP ≥ 8.3.21 is used on your AIP Nodes.

ASSESS

With regard to the ASSESS option - this will force AIP Console to assess Function Points for all Transactional Functions for which the call graph does not reach a data entity nor an end-point based on existing Function Points that have been computed. AIP Console determines the average number of nodes in the call graph of non-empty Transactional Functions corresponding to one DET. This ratio allows AIP Console to assign the number of DET to empty Transactional Functions, depending on the number of nodes in their associated call graph. The Function Point value will be then assessed based on that number of DET and with an FTR=1.

Default FP values in the CAST AIP dashboards

Since it is possible to set a default Function Point value for Transactional Functions, these are now considered as valid and can be displayed in the CAST AIP dashboards via the Unadjusted Transactional Functions metric (10204). A complementary information on the function point detail contains the string ": Estimated" which indicates that the transaction has a default FP value:

  • If a Default FP Transactional Function is ignored during calibration, the "ignored status" will prevail and therefore it will still be sent with Function Point = 0 (and no "Estimated" indication)
  • If a Default FP Transactional Function contains also a user-defined Function Point, the user-defined value will prevail and therefore it will still be sent with Function Point = <user-defined-value> (and no "Estimated" indication)
  • With regard to EFP/AEP: the Default FP flag is now stored per transaction ( EFP_Tran_Info.FP_Source ) so it is possible to distinguish the Default FP values from the rest of Transactions. If the FP_Source = 1 then the Transaction will have a Default FP value.
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